DEAF-L: Who Pays the Interpreter?

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Subj: Who pays for the interpreter??
Date: 97-03-24 20:32:15 EST
From: reed@ARNTECH.COM (Richard Reed)
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I was recently hired by a cellular company as an Engineer. The company is planning to send me to an other company (Motorola) for 15 days training. To my suprise (as well to my Boss) the quote for 15 days interpretering service (8 hrs a day) was over $14,000.. Now, as it is my understanding that any kind of "Internal" training should fall on my company's responsibility. But as for "External" training, I don't believe it is company responsible to pay for it but the company who I am going to be trained by. Just like if I were to go to college, the college pays for the interpreter. Now I called motorola to see if they were willing to pay for it, but they refused since they stated that it is our responsibility, just like foreigner people come to training, they have to pay for their own interpreters. But in my case, I am not foreigner, just disabled.

Can anyone give me some advice or feedback?????

BTW, the training I am going to is based in Chicago, IL..

Thanks!!
Richard

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Subj: Re: Who pays for the interpreter??
Date: 97-03-25 09:51:58 EST
From: myared@SMTP.AED.ORG (Michael Yared)
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The company who is offering the training must provide the interpreting service. Thus, Motorola, under Title I (employment provisions) of the ADA, is required by law to provide you with interpreters. Like, for example, if you are going to the American Chemical Society annual conference, which several deaf FDA employees went, there will be a small box on the registration form if you need ADA compliance service, provided you give the conference planners enough time, like 1 month.

You mentioned the training will be in Chicago. Ask any DEAF-Lers or the Blue TDI Book for the name of sign language interpreters in Chicago and collect the names and give them to the Motorola's training department AND their human resource department, which would handled these type of request. They will be graceful because you spend time looking for interpreters because otherwise they will do it themselves and hire unqualified and uncertified interpreters wasting your time and energy. If they said it is expensive to accommodate your needs, then tell them there are tax credits deductions available like the Disabled Access Credit (IRS Form 8826) to help the company save money. Or your company and Motorola can split up the costs. If all else fails, then file an EEO complaints with your company, not Motorola. Think of the word 'deaf dollar' if we should buy Motorola products if they don't comply with your needs.

JAN, the Job Accommodation Network, can help you. Their web site is http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/ and also look at http://www.disability.com (employment).

Mike Yared

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Subj: Re: Who pays for the interpreter??
Date: 97-03-25 16:47:02 EST
From: Tlshell@CONCENTRIC.NET (Roving Reporter)
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ADA has a hardship clause that would exempt this situation. (Also, less than 15 people in a company, that's exempt too, if I recall correctly.)

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Subj: Re: Who pays for the interpreter??
Date: 97-03-25 18:16:10 EST
From: handy@REDSHIFT.COM (handy)
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How about a typist type out the lectures for you? Then they can copy those lectures and sell to make up the cost of the typist? I did that once.

I called around the big interpreter referral places in S. Barbara, Calif, to get an interpreter for my brothers wedding. Nobody charged more than $44 an hour, which includes milages, or $40 without.

At that rate, an 8 hour day would be, $320 for 15 days= about $5,000, well under your estimate. I wonder why yours is so high?

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